Cornell's DSpace, an online digital archive administered by Cornell University Library to make university scholarship freely available, offers new options for the university's scientists and scholars with the creation of "communities" for every department on campus. Departments can use these repositories for archiving and sharing both formal and informal "publications", including preprints and post-prints; data files; out-of-print books for which access is still needed; documents, audio and video of workshops and conferences; departmental histories; image databases; teaching, research and outreach resources; and special events, such as public lectures, according to J. Robert Cooke, Cornell professor of biological and environmental engineering and chair of the University Faculty Library Board, who has for several years been an advocate of open-access publishing.

Faculty and department representatives were invited to a half-day workshop to learn how the DSpace repositories will work and to discuss possible uses.

Speakers included Sarah Thomas, university librarian, and Paul Ginsparg, professor of physics and information science and founder of the arXiv.org e-Print Archive. Separate faculty panels discussed open-access publishing in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences and humanities.

The workshop ran from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, in Philip Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

Traditionally, university scholars and scientists have submitted their work for free to professional journals, which publish the work and charge universities a fee to have copies in their libraries. Since the advent of the Internet, a number of academics, including Cooke, have argued that there might be a better system: have universities bear the fairly small cost of publishing their own faculty's work online and make it freely available to everyone. As an early step, Cooke created the Internet First University Press, which currently makes available in DSpace a variety of books and multimedia presentations created by Cornell faculty and staff.

Recent Submissions

  • Agenda of Meeting and combined Presentations 

    Cooke, J. Robert; Ehling, Terry; Ginsparg, Paul; Kozak, George; McMillan, Gail; Thomas, Sara; Atkinson, Ross (2005-06-24)
    This is a collection of the combined presentation which were presented at this conference: (1) Agenda; (2) The Cornell Library and Its Contributions to Open Access by Sarah E. Thomas, C. A. Kroch University Librarian; ...
  • Workshop on new DSpace digital archive options set for May 9 

    Steele, William (Cornell Chronicle, 2005-05-05)
    Cornell's DSpace, an online digital archive administered by Cornell University Library to make university scholarship freely available, is offering new options for the university's scientists and scholars with the creation ...
  • Demo of Quick Submit Interface for Digital Repository 

    Kozak, George (2005-06-24)
    George Kozak, Digital Library Information Technology of the Cornell Library and DSpace Administer presented the "Quick Submit" process which was developed at Cornell University to help users to get their submissions quickly ...
  • Internet-First University Press and Creating Departmental and College Digital Repositories 

    Cooke, J. Robert (2005-06-24)
    J. Robert Cooke, Biol. and Env. Engr., presented the efforts of Internet-First University Press as an open access publishing effort using DSpace including the concepts of print-on-demand and DVDs for videos.
  • Trends in Online Theses and Dissertations: National and International 

    McMillan, Gail (2005-06-24)
    Gail McMillan, Director, Digital Library and Achives, Virginia Tech presented the pros and cons of electronic submissions of theses and dissertations. She used the experience of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and ...
  • Overview of the Open Access Movement: National and International 

    Ginsparg, Paul (2005-06-24)
    Paul Ginsparg, Physics & Computing and Info. Sci. and Founder of arXiv.org e-Print presented an apolitical perspective on questions raised by Open Access initiatives. Various Financial Models and Initiatives were addressed.
  • Cornell University Library's Publishing Model for Scholarly Literature 

    Ehling, Terry (2005-06-24)
    Terry Ehling, Director of Electronic Publishing at Cornell University presented the Cornell University Library's approach to Scholarly Publishing on the Web. Using the example of the the Library's innovative publishing ...
  • The Cornell Library and Its Contributions to Open Access 

    Thomas, Sarah (2005-06-24)
    This presentation discusses the Cornell Library's approach to Open Access including examples of initiatives launched by the Library. The presenter was Sarah E. Thomas, C. A. Kroch University Librarian.

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